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The hump columellar strut: a reliable technique for correction of nasal tip underprojection

P G Giacomini, S Mocella, S Di Girolamo, R De Berardinis, A Boccieri
Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica 2018, 38 (1): 45-50
Nasal tip under projection is often found in rhinoplasty cases both for congenital or post-traumatic deformity. Nasal trauma may result in alteration of the external and internal nasal structures with following aesthetic impairment and difficulties in breathing. Post-traumatic surgery is frequent, but restoration of pre-traumatic form and function remains a challenge. The present paper describes a new method to increase tip projection by a columellar strut harvested from the autologous nasal bone and cartilage of the resected hump. A total of 15 cases (11 women/4 men, mean age 32.6 ± 12.3 years) of major tip projection/misalignment abnormalities to be corrected by increased nasal tip projection were drawn, and all underwent closed or open rhinoplasty with the placement of a bony columellar strut harvested from the resected hump of the patient. Short and long-term advantages of this procedure are to be underlined. Harvesting is routinely performed during dorsal resection and preparation of the graft is easy. Differently from bone of the vomer or the inferior turbinate, this is cortical bone straight in shape and rigid in framework, and therefore ideal to gain reliable tip support overtime. No additional harvesting areas are needed. Placement of this bony strut is carried out in the standard fashion without additional dissection or further procedures. Long-term follow-up shows maintained projection over time. This graft can be combined with various grafting or suturing techniques usually applied according to each surgeon's experience and the needs of each patient.

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